|Richard Percy "Dickie" Jones was born February
25, 1927 in Snyder Texas. The son of a newspaper editor, at the age
of six Dickie caught the attention of western actor Hoot Gibson who
convinced his parents he had a future in Hollywood.
Jones was a accomplished horseman from infancy. At
the age of four he was billed as the World's Youngest Trick Rider
and Roper. At the age of six, he was hired to perform riding and
lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by western star Hoot Gibson. Gibson
convinced young Jones and his parents that there was a place for him
in Hollywood, and the boy and his mother went west.
As an actor he achieved some success both as a child and
as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television on
programs produced by Gene Autry's company. Now billed as Dick Jones
he was sidekick to the Western hero known as The Range Rider, a TV
series that ran for 76 episodes in 1951. He starred in his own
series called Buffalo Bill, Jr in 1955. Jones' last acting role was
as Cliff Fletcher in the 1965 film Requiem for a Gunfighter.
Jones died after a fall at his home on the evening of
July 7, 2014, at the age of 87. He was the last surviving cast
member of the 1940 animated film Pinocchio for which he had played
the voice of Pinocchio when he was 13.